RUTLAND-Town Meeting Day is one of Vermont's founding traditions. It's treasured as small-town democracy in action. While attendance at Town Meeting Day events has been in decline, a core group of local voters are actively engaged in the process. Their involvement is a model to younger voters as they reenergize the two- century-old tradition.
In dozens of communities covered by the Outlook in Rutland and Windsor counties, voters cast their voice and paper ballots for a variety of issues. Demonstrating the decline in participation was the fact that many area races were uncontested.
The following results were available at presstime:
Benson: Voters approved 13 of 21 Town Meeting Day issues. The school budget and atown budget increase were approved. Several highway budget line items were also approved.
The Grant Match Fund recharging article was approved.
Delinquent tax and sewer rates were also approved.
A proposed amendment to extended FY 2011 was defeated.
A tax exemption for U.S. military veterans was defeated.
Rachel Collett was elected library commissioner (five-year term). Daryl Burlett was elected first constable.
Brandon: Select Board Chairman Richard Baker was reelected after defeating Jim Casey (three-year term).
Write-in Maria Ammatuna was elected as school director to complete two years of a three-year term. Town and school budgets were passed with increases.
Castleton: Voters ok'd all 31 Castleton budget articles including the Castleton-Hubbardton Union school budget and a Police Department budget increase. Funds will be reserved for the purchase of a new school bus.
Selectmen Thomas Ettori and James Leamy were reelected (one-year terms).
Selectwoman Christine Smith was reelected (three-year term) and elected as school director.
Andrea Nakumura and Sharon Ryan were elected to the Castleton-Hubbardton school board (three-year terms).
Chester: Incumbent Tom Bock defeated Arne Jonyas for Select Board (one-year term).
Mary Lou Farr defeated Jean EMery for Whiting Library trustee.
Voters approved both the District 29 school budget and the River Valley Tech Center district budget.
Chittenden: Merritt Wheeler, Jr. defeated Gary Congdon for road commissioner.
Voters ok'd increases to the town, highway and school budgets.
Voters approved $7,000 for recreation-related items relating to the Barstow Gymnasium.
Clarendon: Voters elected Daryl Tripp as a new member of the town's highway commissioner.
For town lister, Karen Steever handsomely defeated Nancy Decker.
For Mill River UHSSchool Board, Doug Earle defeated Peggy Alderman.
Both elementary and town budgets were approved. A school building reserve fund was also approved.
Fair Haven: Voters chose new Select Board members: Chris Cole and Tim Langlois. The two men defeated incumbent and Ellis and filled an empty seat.
For School Board, Julie Neary and Ken Jones were elected.
Voters approved an increase in town spending and approved the school budget.
Hubbardton: For Select Board, Jim Casey beat John Reed (three-year term); Janet Morey and Mike Wetmore defeated John Demgard and Scott Valentine (one-year term).
Killington: Killington voters had their way by voting to give the Select Board additional control over $800,000 in local option tax funds.
Bernie Rome was elected selectman over Patty McGrath by only three votes.
An increase in the town budget was defeated.
A special meeting for a new budget will be warned in a few days. However, the school budget was approved. The town plans a $4.5 million refinancing effort.
Ludlow:Voters retained the town's controversial Cemetery Commission but cut its budget.
Both Doug Ficken and Brett Sandersom were elected to the Select Board (one-year term).
For Union School District 39 school director, James Rumrill was elected over Liz Crowley.
Voters approved the Union 39 school budget.
Mendon: No contested races faced Mendon voters on Town Meeting Day.
Lawrence Courcelle was elected school district moderator (three-year term).
Therese Corsones was elected as school director (three-year term).
Scott Bradley was elected grand juror.
Marie Conway was elected lister (three-year term).
Mt. Holly: Raymond Tarbell defeated Curtis Marechaux for Select Board (three-year term) and James Heald defeated Steve Howard (one-year term).
David Johnson was elected town treasurer over Annette Lynch.
Voters passed town, highway and school budgets.
Pittsford: Incumbents won big inPittsford. Allen. M. Hitchcock defeated Bruce Payneter for Select Board chair. Helen McKinlay defeated Michael Eugair for town clerk and treasurer. Bill Crossman defeated Nicole Carpino-Lee for school director. Robert Harnish retained his lister post after defeating John Eugair, Sr.
Voters approved school and town budgets.
Poultney: Mary Jo Teeter defeated Tracee Oakman Rupee for school director (three-year term).
Marli Rupe was elected to an empty Select Board seat (one-year term).
Barbara Bunce Betit was elected lister; she will fill out two years of the three-year term. Town and school budgets were passed.
Proctor: Australian ballot decided reelection races in Proctor-
G. Ray Ault, moderator.
Mary Dahlin, town clerk and treasurer.
Lloyd Hughes and Arthur Saceric, selectmen (three-year term).
Eric Anderson and Donald Sander selectmen (two-year term).
Arthur Saceric, selectman (three-year term).
Rutland City: Voters approved the Giorgetii Park Bond and approved a new recreation center.
City voters also approved city and school budgets.
New alderman were also elected: Robert Barrett, Thomas DePoy, Kienan, Charles Romeo, Sean Sargeant and David Wallstrom.
Voters also gave the city's police and fire chiefs authority to suspend employees without pay for extended periods of time.
Voters said no to to funds for the Parent-Child Center; however, they approved funds to support other community groups such as the Rutland County Women's Network & Shelter and the Boys and Girls Club.
Rutland Town: Joseph Dicton defeated Jody Hall for Select Board (two-year term).
Marcia Chioffi defeated incumbent Anita Duch for lister.
Stanley Rhodes III, Select Board chairman.
Jim Levins, School Board.
Lynette Gallipo, School Board chairwoman.
JohnSly, first constable.
John Paul Faignant, second constable.
Byron Hathaway, road commissioner.
Voters passed town-related and school budgets.
Shrewsbury: Voters passed both school and town budgets. No other townwide races were reported.
Springfield: Voters approved town and school budgets.
Bill Harbeson was elected to the School Board after defeating incumbent Marilyn Thompson.
Voters defeated a "net-metering/tax break" measure that would have benefited IVEK, Corp, a local solar-power provider.
Sudbury: Both town and school budget increases were approved by voters.
The highway fund showed a surplus. $5,000 will be used for Sudbury Country School after school and summer programs.
Wallingford: Voters approved the elementary school budget and decreased school bus costs; a special education position was eliminated.
Nelson Tift will end his service as town constable as he was elected to the Select Board (three-year term).
Wells: Voters turned down a rezoning move but approved the town and school budgets.
Voters defeated a move to provide $12,000 for the Lake St. Catherine Association. There were no other races in town.
West Haven: Voters approved town and school budgets and also ok'd Devil's Bowl Speedway auto racing to continue on Sundays.
West Rutland: Westside voters approved all their town, highway and school budgets in last week's Town Meeting Day balloting. A special $65,000 item for sidewalk improvements and road repaving in town was also approved.